In response to their rapid growth, Zespri is building a new head office of over 8,000m2 on their existing site in Mt Maunganui.
Zespri is a New Zealand success story, exporting nearly NZ$2 billion of premium-quality Zespri Kiwifruit to 56 countries around the world last season. The Bay of Plenty is the centre of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry, with increasing numbers of visitors coming to experience the Zespri story.
In response to their rapid growth, Zespri is building a new head office of over 8,000m2 on their existing site in Mt Maunganui. The 8,000m2 includes an underground carpark and end of trip facilities, and then almost 5,000m2 of working and meeting environment spread over three levels, with an internal atrium that both connects people in their workplace and makes it visible to visitors. Zespri is making the considered and exciting move to an activity based work environment which will support collaboration and allow staff to be agile in their daily work.
A core driver for this project is to create the global headquarters of the Zespri brand. Beyond expressing the brand itself, this will be achieved through creating a compelling and memorable destination and experience for staff and visitors – both the internal and external brand experience. There will be a visitor centre and the ability to host industry events. With a strong community focus at its core, Zespri is partnering with Tauranga City Council to landscape the surrounding land for both public and Zespri use, and to mitigate the challenges of building on a flood plain. Also fundamental to the building is sustainability, and it will be benchmarked against 5 Star Green Star building.
The new building is on the same site as the existing building, so construction will be staged to minimise disruption to staff and daily business. Early Contractor Involvement was a factor in mitigating this challenge.
The project – both the building and the workplace – will act equally as a ‘tool’ for telling the amazing story of kiwifruit in the region, in New Zealand, and to the world.